Demand for tool and hardware wholesaling depends on construction activity, so the US recession made conditions tough for industry operators. Housing starts, a key indicator of industry performance, plummeted during the recession. Depressed demand from construction, coupled with growing levels of wholesale bypass, caused revenue to decline and forced many wholesalers to close. Although wholesale bypass will continue, industry performance will improve in the next five years as downstream industries recover and more industry operators engage in retail bypass, in which wholesalers sell directly to end users more frequently.
Operators in this industry purchase and distribute a range of hardware products, including hand tools, power tools, locks and keys, metal cutlery, fasteners and saw blades. Operators purchase these products in large volumes before distributing them in customized varieties and at competitive prices to retailers, other wholesalers and end-use industries. This industry does not distribute nails, disposable plastic cutlery, hand tools for motor vehicles or hand tools for precision equipment.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.